First time/inexperienced stud
I am about to breed my Dutch Shepherd Zonya. The concern I have is that it will be the first time the male has ever been used as a stud. This is also my girl's first time as well. I ideally did not want to have two first time dogs, but this is how it has come down to for me to get the genetics and lines that I desire.
In the past with GSD's, I have bred to an experienced male, and usually drop a bitch off at the studs place, picking up when finished. I have observed several breedings, but once again, all were experienced males.
Zonya is on day 10 of her cycle, I brought her to the stud's home on day 8 and he showed little interest other than sniffing her a lot. Brought her again today (day 10) and he showed much more interest, lots of sniffing/licking and playing/flirting and grabbing her neck. I don't think she is quite ready yet as she has not begun flagging and standing yet. Today, blood has changed from red to orangish yellow, so I'm assuming she will be ready soon. I chose not to do P testing or the premate, as the male is close by and I didn't think too much ahead about them both being inexperienced. Figured we would have no problem breeding every other day for a while to ensure conception. Now of course I'm wishing I had, just to know.
So my question is how you have dealt with inexperienced studs. What do you do to ensure mating takes place? How do you prep the male? I was assuming he would be eager and mounting her right away, yet he has kept his distance and hasn't even tried to mount once. I know experienced males who will only mate when the female is ready, but a virgin male doing that? Have you experienced that? I'm worried that he is holding back because he doesn't have any idea what he's supposed to be doing. Yes, day 10 could be a bit early, but I would still feel better if he was at least trying.
We will be trying every night now, but now I would like some advice on what we should do different. Because she hasn't shown signs of being ready, we've just let them run together in the stud's backyard. Today whenever he would sniff/lick her, she would stand still, but not flag. But if she was laying on the ground and he did that, she would flag. Should we encourage him to mount her? Hold her, 'help' him enter?
Going into this, I know she averages about 21-23 day visible cycles, usually bleeding by day 2, blood changing to light yellow by day 12 -14 at the latest. In my head, my ideal breeding schedule was days 10, 12, and 14 with a possible day 16.
Everyone is telling me not to worry, that nature will take its course. But then again, they all have imported proven studs, and have not dealt with inexperienced boys. I really worry about missing, as there is a lot of interest in the litter from all over North America. Of course I'm kicking myself for not doing the testing at my vets. I think tomorrow I will bring her in and see what they can tell me, just wanted to get some insight from everyone here who is experienced in this.
So I'm crossing my fingers, hoping that maybe it is still really early, maybe she is a day 18 type of female, and I'm all worried for nothing and everything will go just fine naturally. But if he needs help, I'd like to know what to do to get him into the act...
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